Rich in history, cultural influence from art and science, architecture, cuisine and much more, Italy remains one of the top tourist destinations for people around the world. There is so much to see and do in Italy. You can spend weeks within the eternal city and capital, Rome, and still not see everything in just that city. Still, you would come away from just visiting Rome so much richer for the experience that you would want to come back and visit more of Italy.
You wouldn’t be disappointed. There is so much more to Italy. From the Alps that form the northern boundary of Italy to the sweeping Mediterranean coastline of the Italian Peninsula, the country is a treasure trove of scenic delight. You have the southern islands of Sicily and Sardinia along with the splendor of the Amalfi coast, the undulating landscape of Tuscany, the cultural beacon of Florence, the beauty of the Riviera in Liguria and the wonder of Venice. Even with that, you still would not have experienced everything Italy has to offer.
So, where would you begin when trying to experience the vast beauty and history of Italy. To reuse a saying, “all roads lead to Rome.” If Greece is the birthplace of western civilization, Rome is the cradle. At one point, Rome was the world, its empire and influence stretching across the known boundaries of the world. The city was formed by an Italic tribe known as the Latins and Rome eventually evolved into a Republic and later an Empire and was the seat of civilization until the barbarian invasions.
Even with the fall of the Roman empire, Italy thrived as a trade gateway through its maritime cities such as Venice, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi and as the center for growth for Christianity. Italy, through the Medici family in Florence, was also the home of the Renaissance, which gave rise to artists and inventors like Leonardo da Vince, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello, Raphael and more.
Florence and the maritime cities noted above are must sees. There are so many hidden treasures in Italy, that you won’t be able to see everything if you visit. Some of those hidden treasure are Lake Garda, the Dolomites in the Alps, Lake Como, Marmore Falls in Umbria, the ruins of Pompeii, the leaning tower of Pisa and more.
However, if you can’t make it to Italy, we can always bring it to you. The following is a travelogue of sites and photos of Italy. Hopefully, they will provide they will provide the inspiration to visit this land rich in beauty, culture and tradition.
1 Arch of Constantine, Rome
Construction started on this triumphal in 312 AD and was finished and dedicated in 315 AD. Located between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, the structure is the largest triumphal arch in Rome.
2 The Colosseum, Rome
Perhaps the most iconic monument to the Roman empire, the Colosseum was commissioned for construction by the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD. A marvel of ancient engineering, the Colosseum could hold about 50,000 people. It was where most public events were held, such as gladiatorial contests, reenactment of battles, executions, and more.
The floor of the Colosseum was made of wood and covered by sand. Beneath the floor was the labyrinth of tunnels, cages, ramps, and lifts called the hypogeum. There is where combatants, decorations and other surprises would emerge onto the Colosseum floor.
3 The Vatican
Located within the city of Rome, Vatican city is an independent state. It is governed by the Catholic church with the ruler of the city, the Bishop of Rome - the Pope. Formed in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty, the Vatican features religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museums.
4 Trevi Fountain, Rome
Completed in 1762, the Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi district of Rome. Featuring an elaborate Baroque design with the centerpiece a large statue of Neptune, the Fountain has appeared in several films which propagate a myth that if you throw a coin into the fountain, it will ensure your return to Rome.